Recent works




Vera Chaves Barcellos, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.


Vera Chaves Barcellos was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1938. During the 1960s she dedicated herself to printmaking after having studied in England and Holland. In 1975 she was granted a scholarship by the British Council, to study photography and its application to graphic techniques at the Croydon College in London. In 1976, she participated in the Venice Bienalle with the work Testarte. She is one of the founders of Nervo Óptico (1976-78) and Espaço N.O. (1979-82), and also of the gallery Obra Aberta (1999-2002), active in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil.

She has held a number of individual exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, participated in four São Paulo,s Bienals and collective exhibitions in Latin-America, Germany, Belgium, Korea, France, Holland, England, Spain, Japan, USA and Australia.

She participated, as an invited artist, in the exhibition Cegueses at Museu de Arte de Girona and in the Panorama de Arte Brasileira in SP (1997), in the Salão Nacional do RJ and the exhibition Pasaje de Ida, at Galeria Antonio de Barnola, Barcelona, Território Expandido at Sesc Pompéia, SP (2000) and Sem Fronteiras, an opening exhibition at Santander Cultural, in Porto Alegre (2001), where she presented her installation Visitant Genet. She also participated in the  V Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, in Porto Alegre (2005) and in MAM na Oca, Arte Brasileira do Acervo do MAM, São Paulo, (2006).

Some of her individual exhibitions, from 2000 onward are: Visitant Genet at Museu D´Art de Girona (2000) and Le Revers de Rêveur at Capela de San Roc, in Valls, (2003), both in Spain, and Enigmas, FVCB, Porto Alegre, (2005),

In 2007 she held a large retrospective exhibition O Grão da Imagem  having as curators: Agnaldo Farias, Fernando Cocchiarale and Moacir dos Anjos,.at Santander Cultural, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

She held another large exhibition comprising her whole career: Imagens em Migração, having as curator Gloria Ferreira, at MASP, in the city of São Paulo, in 2009.

In the same year she published the book Vera Chaves Barcellos- Obras Incompletas (Editora Zouk) where her body of work was analyzed in detail in an extensive essay by French philosopher François Soulages, an expert in contemporary photographic image.

She had her exhibition Enigmas reassembled and re-exhibited in 2015, at the Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticia, in Rio de Janeiro and Fata Morgana, ou a Imagem Transformada as part of a series of individual exhibitions, during the 2015 season, at Galeria Bolsa de Arte de Porto Alegre, at its branch in the city of São Paulo.

In 2015 she participated in the international collective exhibition A Mão Negativa, with curator Bernardo de Souza, in Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro.

Since the 1980s she has been carrying out multimedia installations, employing other media besides photography. She established, in 2004, a foundation named after her, dedicated to the dissemination of Contemporary Art, at the head of which she has been participating in the organization of several exhibitions and publications. She currently lives and works in   Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She also keeps a studio in Barcelona, Spain, since 1986.